Can you tell me how to get, how to get to…….
Are you finishing off the tune in your head?
We all watched and loved it as a kid, Sesame Street – so it is only right to take time and take a look at today, officially Sesame Street Day.
I used to love Sesame Street as a kid – the favourites Big Bird, Bert & Ernie, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Grover, Miss Piggy and my very favourite of all – Kermit!
It was this day in 1969 that Sesame Street first aired, a pioneering TV show that would teach generations of young children the alphabet and how to count.
Sesame Street, with its memorable theme song (“Can you tell me how to get/How to get to Sesame Street”), went on to become the most widely viewed children’s program in the world. It has aired in more than 120 countries.
Sesame Street Day itself, was first established in 2009 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its original broadcast, and almost 10 years on, we are still celebrating. Next year will be the 50th anniversary!
As you can imagine, this occasion is now recognised by tens of thousands of individuals from around the world. In fact, the number of followers continues to grow each year.
Taking a cue from “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In,” a popular 1960s variety show, “Sesame Street” was built around short, often funny segments featuring puppets, animation and live actors. One of its most-loved aspects is the family of puppets known as Muppets. Joan Ganz Cooney hired puppeteer Jim Henson (1936-1990) to create a cast of characters that became Sesame Street institutions, including Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Grover and Big Bird.
So, no matter who your favourite character is, why not commemorate Sesame Street Day by reliving your youth and watch an old episode. Ah the memories……